Reverse Engineering the BMW i3 – An Inside Look at BMW’s Electric Car

Engineers from Munro & Associates show some of the innovations in the new BMW i3. It’s a remarkable way to better understand the genius that is the i3. Well worth a watch.

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  • lavardera

    Do you think Munro had a client for this, or just tore it down for the PR?

    • BimmerFile_Michael

      Client work. The part they missed though is that there are even different resins used in certain areas of the life module.

      The R&D they did on this is insane and other brands are desperate to catch up.

      An interesting fact that is going to come to light soon is that Toyota is NOT using the CF tech from BMW SGL or any of the product as was originally planned. Toyota is going in with Toray like MB and their use of CF and thermoplastics.

      What the impact this will have on the BMW/Toyota collaboration is yet to be seen but this may impact BMW’s hydrogen fuel cell advancement (although the fuel cell is being back burnered due to geo political infrastructure funding issues- lots of money going towards chargers means no money for hydrogen).

      • lavardera

        The interesting question to me then is who paid for it.

        • BimmerFile_Michael

          Wouldn’t be surprised if it was Ford and Dow- they have been making acquisitions and moves recently as they are trying to bring products to market quicker.

          • lavardera

            I could see Dow having an interest in the plastics, but I think Ford has their own tear-down lab. What can Munro do for them that they can’t do themselves.

          • BimmerFile_Michael

            Pure speculation but sometimes different eyes at and a different angle yield different results. I know with where I work there are different teams that complete the same task or analyze the same thing to different results.

            I just know that Dow is trying to catch up in a hurry as they were looking at the end of the decade for CF and BMW crushed that. Dow was one of the original companies approached for Project i…